I just returned from a five-day stay at this particular Marriott and was very pleased. My husband is a gold member, so we were upgraded to the executive wing, though we did have to pay 500 RMB extra for our second room (traveling with three kids and a grandmother). These particular rooms were really spacious with two king-sized beds (we had the bump-out as well which made it roomier).
My (minor) disappointments--We had requested non-smoking, adjoining rooms. As an experienced traveler, it has been my experience that most hotels will try to accommodate you when possible. October is the busiest month for tourism in Beijing, so we were given smoking rooms next to each other, BUT the rooms did not smell of smoke, and I have a very sensitive sense of smell and an asthmatic child, so it really was fine. Also, I would not recommend eating in the City Wall Bistro on the first floor. Service was unbelievably slow, and they were out of a lot of items (it was later on a Sunday night, but I had three hungry children waiting 50 minute for a not-so-tasty kids meal). Instead, opt for the upgrade and eat at the executive lounge.
What made up for it and why I gave it 5 stars: Great, central location. Clean, spacious, renovated rooms with very comfortable beds. The executive lounge--opt for your breakfast here instead of the bistro--quieter, same food and GREAT service, and a really nice happy hour. Free internet with membership or upgrade. Nice, quiet pool and spa. If you are a Marriott Rewards member, do not purchase a package with breakfast, the lounge has a great one with your rewards membership.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning landmark Beijing hotel is adjacent to the remaining ancient Ming Dynasty City Wall, a five-minute drive to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Silk Market, and a 5-minute walk to Jianguomen Subway Station. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall is home to 348 elegantly decorated rooms and suites featuring Marriott's trademark "Revive" bedding and connectivity to plug and play iPods and other personal devices. The meeting space comprises of 2,300 square meters, including a pillar-less ballroom that is interchangeable to suit your needs. Wireless high-speed Internet is accessible in all public areas and meeting rooms. Aside from the preferable accommodation and meeting facilities, we offer a distinctive selection of restaurants and bars. Our various facilities and services include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a half-Olympic-size indoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service, Gold Key Concierge service and a stay to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Beijing